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7 Terrarium Maintenance Tips [2024]

Terrarium Maintenance

Terrarium Maintenance
Terrarium Maintenance

Terrarium Singapore are a fantastic way to add some life and a pop of greenery to any space. They come in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes, so you’ll be able to find one that is perfect for your home or office.

Terrariums are famous for needing very little maintenance. But that doesn’t give us a reason to totally disregard them. Every now and again, they need a little pampering and love.

Here are 7 Terrarium Maintenance Tips you need for your terrariums!

1. Humidity

It is generally understood (but commonly forgotten) that houseplants require regular watering. However, terrariums are different in that you don’t usually have to water them very regularly. The most reliable indicator of whether your plants are getting sufficient water is humidity. It is the end result of having a large amount of water in the system.

You may check humidity by noting the amount of condensation on the glass. If it’s constantly foggy, look for wilting, dried-out leaves, and a number of other warning signs. It is likely influenced by what you’re growing in your terrarium, but if it’s constantly hazy, it means you overwatered it.

2. Remove dead plants early

A terrarium isn’t capable of mimicking a natural ecosystem in the same way that a genuine one can. They don’t have the species diversity required to properly break down organic waste. If left unchecked, any dead plant matter will simply decompose. We also advise removing plants if they begin to rot or die. This will assist in keeping the equilibrium and lowering the likelihood of a widespread rot spreading throughout your other plants.

3. Prevent direct sunlight

A terrarium requires sunlight, but don’t forget that they’re essentially a greenhouse. It’s simple to burn your plants in direct sunlight. Keep an eye on where you’re placing your terrariums and what sort of light your plants require to avoid making a mistake. Because they are more adaptable as far as where you may place them in your home, low-light plants are a fantastic option. If they need more light, you may even use a small grow lamp.

4. Be aware of mould

Mould is the hidden enemy that lurks in the corners of most terrariums. It’s mildew and dust, but terrariums are slightly different from any other plants in your home. They’re enclosed and have high humidity, which promotes mould development. You can find a large number of terrarium care products that claim to be safe for terrariums, which will kill mould without hurting your plants.

5. Clean your jar

Dirty terrarium jars not only look nasty (and half the charm of terrariums is being able to see them), but it also hinders the plants from obtaining enough light. To remove fibers from the glass, you can clean it using a lint-free cloth and warm purified water.

6. Water carefully

On the rare times where your terrarium does need some hydration, a light amount of water is always better than a huge amount at once. You’d be shocked by how sensitive some plants can be. Handle them too frequently (or spray them with a powerful jet of water) and you can send them into shock – making them to shed their leaves. Instead, use a spray or mister.

7. Let them grow but monitor well

We all want happy and healthy plants but when it comes to terrariums, we can’t let them grow too well. Over the course of several years, almost all terrariums need some plant intervention (except for some moss terrariums).

Join a terrarium workshop, it pays to keep the balance in mind. While you want some breathing room for plants to thrive and settle into the setting, you also want to maintain the impression of space and scale you created initially. After all, plants require room to grow, and we’re largely restricting them in that manner. They also need light and water, both of which can be restricted through excessive plant growth.

Here’s what to monitor for:

  1. Plants growing onto the side of the container. 
  2. Plants getting so thick and bushy that they begin to block sunlight from reaching other plants
  3. Plants growing too tall that they reach the top of the container.
  4. Fast-growing plants that begin to take over.

Terrarium Maintenance

Terrariums require very little maintenance, but every now and again they require some attention. Follow these tips on caring for terrariums-humidity, removing dead plants early, preventing direct sunlight, being vigilant for mould, clean your jar etc. and you’ll be well equipped towards maintaining a beautiful terrarium that thrives!

Are you interested in creating your own terrarium? Get in touch with us to learn how to make your own terrarium!

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